iRobot Corp. (NASDAQ: IRBT), a leader in delivering robotic
technology-based solutions, today announced two new home robots to do
your dirty work: the iRobot Scooba® 230 a floor washing robot small
enough to clean in tight spaces and around bathroom fixtures and the
iRobot Roomba® 700 Series, the smartest and most effective Roomba vacuum
cleaning robots to date. Both will be unveiled at the Consumer
Electronics Show in Las Vegas on January 6.
iRobot Scooba 230 and iRobot Roomba 700 Series use iAdapt? Responsive
Cleaning Technology, the most intuitive, flexible and effective way to
clean your floors. This system of software and sensors monitors the
environment 64 times per second, using dozens of behaviors to ensure the
entire floor is thoroughly cleaned. The dirt-centric technology ensures
thorough coverage, including under and around furniture, and multiple
passes over the areas that need it most.
?These new robots represent our ongoing commitment to developing
innovative products that make a difference in people's lives,? said Jeff
Beck, president of iRobot's Home Robots division. ?While Roomba is
already the world's best-selling vacuum cleaning robot, we continue to
make improvements to ensure it is the best on the market and stays at
the head of the pack. With the compact Scooba 230, we focused on
reducing size without compromising effectiveness and navigability. The
launch of Scooba 230 has effectively made one of people's least favorite
household chores, cleaning the bathroom, a whole lot easier.?
Small but Mighty
Scooba 230 is a powerful and compact cleaning machine. At 3.5 inches
tall and 6.5 inches in diameter, the robot easily cleans in tight
spaces, including under and around furniture and bathroom fixtures. The
robot's three-stage cleaning system washes, scrubs and squeegees floors,
neutralizing up to 97 percent of common household bacteria*. Scooba 230
holds enough cleaning solution to scrub up to 150 square feet of
linoleum, tile or sealed hardwood floors in a single cleaning session.
Unlike with a mop and bucket, Scooba only uses clean solution to wash
your floors, never dirty water. Scooba 230's water management system
includes an active reservoir that keeps the cleaning solution and dirty
water separate inside the robot. While the robot is cleaning, the active
reservoir shrinks in size as cleaning solution is put down on the floor,
freeing up space in the robot to hold the dirty water that is picked up.
Scooba doesn't move dirt (or dirty water) around it gets rid of it.
Scooba uses a series of lights and chimes to let you know it has
successfully finished cleaning. The bottom plate of the robot snaps on
and off without tools, making it fast and easy to rinse the scrubbing
brushes and the squeegee after each use.
Virtual Wall® technology creates an invisible beam that the robot won't
cross, keeping Scooba 230 in the rooms you want to clean and out of the
ones you don't. Cliff sensors ensure the robot automatically avoids
stairs and drop-offs while cleaning.
The World's Best-Selling Vacuum Cleaning Robot Just Got Even Better
The award-winning Roomba vacuum cleaning robot has been revolutionizing
the way people clean their homes since 2002, and iRobot has sold more
than five million home robots worldwide. The sixth-generation iRobot
Roomba 700 Series includes the same state-of-the-art features that
Roomba users have come to know and introduces new innovations that make
the robot more effective and easier to use. The newest Roomba robots
include an updated and improved three-part cleaning system along with
several new features and upgrades:
Advanced cleaning head improves overall cleaning from previous models,
including 20 percent better pickup of fine particulates.
New AeroVac? Series 2 bin with a powerful vacuum maximizes air flow
through Roomba's cleaning head to pull more hair and debris off the
brushes and into the bin.
Two HEPA-type air filters keep fine household dust from re-circulating
in your home.
Dirt Detect Series 2 (available on Roomba 770 and 780) uses an
acoustic sensor to detect excessive amounts of small and hard debris,
such as sand, and an optical sensor to detect larger and soft debris,
such as popcorn. Dirt Detect Series 1, which uses the acoustic sensor,
is available on the Roomba 760.
With a Persistent Pass Cleaning Pattern, Roomba uses a brush-like,
back-and-forth motion to focus its cleaning when it finds an
excessively dirty area.
New power management software results in 50 percent longer battery
life than previous Roomba generations, ensuring hundreds of cleaning
cycles with proper use.
Soft-touch bumper with a new polymer coating protects walls and
Full Bin Indicator light turns on when Roomba detects a full dust bin
(available on Roomba 770 and 780).
Touchpad interface provides state-of-the-art control using just your
fingertips and eliminates buttons (available on Roomba 780).
Scooba 230 plus Essentials Kit and Roomba 700 Series will be available
in spring 2011 at www.irobot.com.
* When used as directed, laboratory testing results indicate removal of
Staphylococcus aureus bacteria after two passes of the Scooba floor
washing robot. Individual results may vary.
About iRobot Corp.
iRobot designs and builds robots that make a difference. The company's
home robots help people find smarter ways to clean, and its government
and industrial robots protect those in harm's way. iRobot's consumer and
military robots feature iRobot Aware® robot intelligence systems,
proprietary technology incorporating advanced concepts in navigation,
mobility, manipulation and artificial intelligence. For more information
about iRobot, please visit www.irobot.com.
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Elise Caffrey, 781-430-3003
Charlie Vaida, 781-430-3182